Best known for his 2006 novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Irish author John Boyne has written 16 novels, including five books for children and a short-story collection. In The Heart’s Invisible Furies, Boyne centers on Cyril Avery: an Irishman born to an unwed teenager and adopted by a well-to-do few in Dublin. The novel follows Cyril for 70 decades, from 1945 to 2015, as he wrestles with his identity and sexuality through a period of social upheaval.
As the author of this 2017 Novel of the Year, Boyne will get $10,000 from Book of the Month, and The Heart’s Invisible Furies is going to be re-issued “at a special limited edition increased gold coat, available exclusively to Publication of the Month associates,” according to Penguin Random House. The writer calls Boyne’s novel “big, bawdy, and filled with hub,” which sounds like just the kind of book that should kick off your own 2018 reading listing.
Along with being Novel of the Month’s 2017 Novel of the Year, The Heart’s Invisible Furies was also nominated for two different awards: the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Rogue and also the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction. Unfortunately, The Heart’s Invisible Furies didn’t win either decoration. The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction will visit two of the three shortlisted names — Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, Lincoln from the Bardo by George Saunders, along with Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward — on Feb. 11. Lisa Wingate’s Before We Were Yours won the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction.
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